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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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Mostly sublime Quotations good for Lenten Meditation
published 5 March 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

More from the journal of 2002:

N A SPIRITUAL, a late vocation seminarian, said that he puts his anger at the foot of the cross and lets Jesus’ blood drip on it and then lets the water flow as mercy and peace in proportion to the mercy to show the offender.

In a sermon a priest said of Nicodemus that he was afraid of being burned by the fire in the heart of Jesus.

Mary wants to rescue her brethren from the suicide of sin and so let’s her Son plunge her into co-redemptive compassion.” Be like her.

Pere Thomas Philippe: “Someone with a voluntaristic or willful attitude is able to love, but does not let himself be loved. He closes himself in order to drive ahead. A certain weakness of littleness is wanting to him.” This reminded me of a locution I received once when exhausted from being over-extended: “It would be easier for you if you were smaller.”

Who thinks that the God of the OT was simply a stern Father when David wrote these lines:

“What else have I in heaven but you?
Apart from you I want nothing on earth.
My body and heart faint for joy.
God is my possession forever…
To be near God is my happiness.
I have made the Lord God my refuge.” (from disconnected lines in Psalm 73)

Pere Thomas says that the Eucharist creates a unity between the exterior and interior aspects of our lives – also intimate and communal.

A poetic sequence for the empty tabernacle Good Friday to Holy Saturday evening:

Do You play dead in the tabernacle
Until one of Your lovers come by
And You resurrect for us? (this one is from my pen)